Hi starkers. That's a diy job that I'll probably be tackling soon (with kybs).
Any tips you learn on the job would be appreciated.
Don't know if you have replaced your shocks yet but if you haven't, it really is a very easy job to undertake.
A 17mm socket and a 17mm / adjustable spanner (or another socket) for the top bolt.
A 19mm socket and a 19mm spanner (or another socket) for the bottom bolt - I used the tool that you remove the wheel nuts with
Optional items that could be handy: A hammer, a screwdriver and a small punch.
To do the job:
Take off the wheel
Undo the nut on the bottom bolt and push the bolt out (if the bolt is stiff, this is where you may need the small punch).
Undo the nut on the top bolt and push it out (again, you may need the small punch).
Take out the old shock absorber.
Put in the new shock absorber.
Put in the top bolts and bottom bolts - job done!
If the bolt doesn't go in to the mountings, the screwdriver can be used to try and align the brackets on the shock absorber and the mountings on the car.
The new units have made a great difference to the way the car behaves, it's a lot less bouncy and now I can drive over things like drain covers, where as previously I would have avoided them (I once genuinely avoided a leaf